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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

B-2 Bombers Ready

WASHINGTON () -- Three years after the first plane was delivered to its Missouri base, B-2 stealth bombers will be declared ready this week to take on nuclear and conventional combat missions.

If called upon, one of the strategic bombers' jobs will be to drop an earth-penetrating nuclear weapon designed to destroy underground enemy targets, a senior military officer said last week.

Thirteen of the huge, bat-winged bombers are stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. The Air Force expects to have 21 B-2s in service by early in the next decade.